ELLSWORTH – Lawrence Earl “Larry” Poulin, 88, passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2014, at his home. He was born March 12, 1925, in Skowhegan, son of Joseph “Arthur” and Evelyn (Dysart) Poulin.
His final days were spent surrounded by his family, relatives and many friends. He graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1942. Larry enlisted in the Maine Army National Guard at the age of 18. He was called to active duty during World War II and served for two years in the 462nd Pacific Theatre of Operations. Larry’s military awards include the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Metal with Bronze Star, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He attended the University of Maine/Farmington where he met Grace Downey, his loving wife of 64 years; he earned a BA and Master’s Degree from the University of Maine/Orono. Grace and Larry were married in St. Joseph’s Church and raised nine children. He was a teacher for many years, a state Probation and Parole Officer for Washington and Hancock counties for ten years. He served as an Extension Service Agent for the University of Maine for 22 years, administered the 4-H program from 1979 until he retired, and instituted many programs that served thousands of youth in the area. One of his most notable accomplishments was a summer residential camp for children with special needs and low income. Larry was involved in many community activities. He was a County Jury Commissioner, School committee member, member of the committee that created Meadowview senior housing, was involved in the Ellsworth Players as actor and director, President of Ellsworth Kiwanis International, American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Chairman for 10 years, and headed the Salvation Army Coats for Kids campaign for seven years. Larry was recognized as Ellsworth’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1984. He was active in Quartermaster Laundry Company, in the VFW Post 109, and proudly served in the Color Guard at many funeral services for veterans and marched in many local parades until he was 80. Camping and travel were his favorite family activities. He and his family visited all 50 states experiencing state and federal parks on a low budget with Grace always doing the cooking. The loss of his daughter, Teresa Poulin Kane was the family’s hardest time. She spent her final days at home surrounded by family. Larry and Grace attended as many school and sport activities as possible to watch their children and grandchildren participate for over 50 years. They have been involved with the greater Ellsworth community for over 60 years getting to know several generations of parents.
Larry is survived by his dear wife, Grace; nine children and grandfather of 23 children: Jerry Poulin and wife, Brenda, of Eddington, their children, Thomas, Mark, Danielle, Jenny, John Poulin and partner, Karen White, of Holly Ridge, N.C., his son, Jeremy, Barbara Poulin Johnson and husband, Rick, of Indianapolis, their children, Heather and Cory, the late Teresa Poulin Kane, and her husband, Gregory, of Corinna, their children, Andrea, Christopher, and Ty, Brian Poulin and wife, April, of Holden, their children, Amanda and Travis, Keith Poulin and wife, Susan, of Belchertown, Mass., their children, Scott and Michael, Gail Poulin Maddocks Bennoch and husband, Richard, of Ellsworth, their children, Cindy, Michelle, and Raymond, Allyson Poulin Sweeney and husband, Michael, of Greenwood, Ind., their children, Amy, Shelby, Alyssa and Seamus, and Janis Poulin Whitney and husband, Patrick, of Jonesboro, their children, Rebecca and Kate; sisters, Beatrice “Bea” Poulin Lose and children, Steve Lose, Sue Lose-Baldinger, Bill Lose, and Mike Lose, Rita Poulin Schrudder and daughter, Cindy Sutton, and the late Corinne “Coke” Poulin Tirone and children, Blynn “Spike” Packard and Thomas Tirone; special niece, Margaret Edgecomb; special family members, Courtney Wright Taylor and Cristin Wright; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with a Prayer and Eulogy service at 7:30 at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with Father Scott Mower officiating. Contributions in Larry’s memory may be made to the Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care, 50 Union St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.